They did it!! They did it!!. The Maplewood Panthers beat the Knoxville Catholic Irish 60-57 for their first ever state basketball championship. It is the first boys basketball championship for a Metro Nashville High School since 1996 when MLK won under Coach Doc Shelton. Maplewood’s coach Ty Wilson mentored under Shelton to begin his coaching career.
Both Maplewood and Knox Catholic were slowed in the first half by foul troubles. Maplewood held a slim 25-24 lead at the half. Maplewood was able to open things up a bit in the 3rd quarter to lead by 7 at the 3:16 mark, but Catholic narrowed the gap to 41-39 after 3.
Maplewood maintained control throughout the 4th and had their biggest lead of the game 58-50 with :36 seconds left. But Catholic wasn’t done, and they actually cut the lead to 3 at 60-57 with :05 seconds left. After a missed front end of a one and one by Maplewood. The Irish of Knox Catholic had beaten Whites Creek on Saint Patrick’s Day on a miracle shot, and the Catholic had another chance for a buzzer-beater to tie, but this time the shot was well off the mark, setting off a mad celebration for Panther Nation.